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Festive season blitz of licensed venues

Friday 11 December 2015     [PDF,94kb]

A compliance blitz beginning tonight will target licensed venues over the Christmas and New Year period to protect patrons from alcohol-related harm and violence, Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said today.

Mr Grant said Inspectors from the Office of Liquor,Gaming and Racing (OLGR)will be deployed across Sydney and regional locations including the Central West, North Coast and Hunter as part of a festive season operation that starts this weekend.

Sydney locations to be targeted include the CBD,Kings Cross, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, Balmain, Rozelle, Manly, Newtown, Parramatta and the North Shore. Regional locations include Dubbo, Coffs Harbour,the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.

Inspectors will also be monitoring licensed vessels on Sydney Harbour.

Mr Grant said compliance checks and audits will be conducted through out the summer period up to and including Australia Day.

They will focus on venue management and operating procedures, including responsible service ofalcohol,management of patron behaviour to reduce alcohol-related violence,service of alcohol to minors, and irresponsible liquor promotions including on social media.

"I encourage people to go out and enjoy themselves with friends and family over these holidays, but our priority is that they get home safely and in one piece,’’Mr Grant said.

"That’s why the OLGR and the NSW Police Force conduct targeted inspections of licensed venues across the state to ensure they are operating responsibly and with a firm focus on community safety,"Mr Grant said.

"This includes ensuring proper management and operating procedures are in place to support responsible service of alcohol and prevent in toxication of patrons, as well as other potential harms including alcohol-related violence.’’

Mr Grant said OLGR Inspectors will be reviewing venue business practices and procedures and asking venues to take steps to fix them if needed.

"However I want licensed venues to knowwe take an absolute zero-tolerance approach to serious breaches of liquor laws and we won’t hesitate to throw the book at rogue venues.’’

Licensees should refer to the Liquor Promotion Guidelines published on the OLGR website and conduct risk assessments of planned liquo rpromotions and activities.